Do you brew your own beer? NY is helping

NY Law Aims To Help Homebrewers

ALBANY -- New York is making it easier for people who brew their own beer and wine at home.
 
A new law will allow for the creation of custom beer, wine, and cider production centers that will rent space and equipment to brewers so they can share resources.
 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill Monday after it was passed by the state Legislature in June.
 
"This new law builds upon this increased interest, supports local agriculture and breaks down artificial barriers to allow innovation and creativity to flow," Cuomo said in a statement.
 
The measure aims to make it easier for small brewers to make homemade products, particularly for those who don't have the space in their homes to produce their own beer, cider or wine.
 
So the law lets people can set up their own production centers, lowering overhead costs and letting brewers create their own incubators to share ideas and techniques, advocates said.
 
The law will especially benefit people in cities and in suburban areas, lawmakers said.
 
"The creation of these custom centers will allow neighbors to receive training and share equipment," said Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, in a statement.
 
"New York’s beer, wine, and cider industry is blossoming, and this legislation will allow the talent pool to thrive."
The law will take effect in 180 days.
 
Cuomo and lawmakers have loosened state laws to allow for expanding the craft beverage industry, and they have spent $60 million on a statewide ad campaign to promote the products.
 
The state now has 500 farm wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries -- including a a 60 percent increase in farm wineries from 195 in 2010 to 315 now, Cuomo's office said.
 

 


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